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The minor in Political Science may serve a variety of purposes and objectives. For students in majors where your intended career is increasingly involved with governmental regulation or policy (e.g., Business, Engineering, Education, Agriculture, Public Health), a minor in Political Science will help students gain helpful knowledge  about how various organizations interact with, or are impacted by, political institutions and public policy. For students majoring in a related social science discipline, a Political Science minor may provide needed breadth to better understand your own field. Finally, we expect that some students may engage in a Political Science minor to help them make sense of an increasingly complicated political world that confronts them in their roles as citizens.


To complete the minor in Political Science, you must:

  • Complete one 100-level Political Science course.
  • Complete four upper-level (200 or above) Political Science Courses of which at least two must be at the 300-level.

++At least three of the five courses must be completed within the UMass Amherst Department of Political Science (only 2 courses can be transfer courses).

++The overall GPA for UMass Amherst Political Science courses counted toward the minor must be at least 2.0.

How do I declare a Minor?

You can declare the minor at any time, but we recommend waiting until you are close to completing the requirements to do so (ideally, when you have registered for your final required course). At that time, please email one of our advisors, Amy Grieger or Shawn Samuels, and they will help you declare the minor.